Diving the pier………..

After a pitiful nights sleep – I finally bailed out of bed around 06:15 this morning in anticipation of getting to make a dive~! My Queen rolled out right behind me and we were soon both smoking a cigarette and watching another beautiful sunrise. Tracks on the beach told us we had another 3 visitors last night~! Sadly, it appears as only another one of them laid her eggs….. it is actually getting very hard to ‘read’ the tracks and holes now because the beach is so torn up from nests. Normally a nice probablem to have, but the one we think actually nested, actually tore up another nest as there were turtle egg shells strewn all over the new nest area…… a good and bad issue all at the same time.

It didn’t take long before it was time to load up and head out for my dive. Angie was coming with me as she decided to hang out on the beach while I was out getting salty….. We loaded up gear and coolers and headed for Cane Bay. Closest beach to us and arguably one of the most popular dive spots on the island. We showed up on time and was greeted by the dive master and some pretty impressive wave action out in the bay. We decided diving wouldn’t be worth the effort there – so we agreed to load up and head to the pier on the West end of the island where the water is almost always calm. We met up at the Frederiksted Pier, donned our gear and bailed into that cool beautiful blue water. It only took a couple of seconds to realize we had a current. A strong current. I have dove the pier probably a dozen times already and have NEVER had any kind of current. We opted to stick with it and continue the dive, navigating the current. Going with the current wasn’t bad….. when we did our turn to head back – WHOLE different conversation…. wow — talk about suck up some air….. the old fat boy blew through my remaining 1500 lbs of air in nothing flat~! Still a fun dive with some fun people and I redeemed myself taking pictures. I saw a couple of porcupine fish, a couple of spotted moray eels, an octopus, a rock fish and a ton of other usual’s…..AND managed to get fairly decent pictures of all of them~! I took almost a 100 pictures and wound up with just over 60 of them by the time I weeded out the junk shots. WAY to many to put on here for one night – so will put them up over the next couple of days.

Came back home to finish up season # 8 of Blue Bloods with my bride. We ‘ordered in’ for dinner…. my bride having a Philly  Cheese steak sammich and me a pizza~! Tried a new place for my pizza and was duly impressed. When I factor in “sitting” time for delivery – it was every bit [if not a skosh better] than the pizza I had at You are Here. So I’m gonna have to go to this place now (Napoleons’) and have it hot and fresh for a true apples to apples comparison….. but at least now I have TWO good places for pizza~!

We have now ordered season # 9 of Blue Bloods (for another nominal fee) and as soon as I get this posted – will set down to start in on it~!  I hope you enjoy the pictures~!!

Good night Ya’ll —– Thankx for stopping in~!

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Born in Germany as an Army brat - I moved permanently to the United States about the time I was ready to start school - Dad put to me to work when I turned 13 tearing off roofs and packing shingles.. I did that, DE tasseled corn and bucked hay all the way through high school. After graduation, moved down South for a year or so trying to figure what I wanted to do. Finally came home and joined the Air Force serving almost 5 years - which included a 3 year tour in Germany, where I met my Queen. Came home and started working as a roofer. Economy went to crap and I knew I would not be able to support my growing family the way I wanted to, so I pestered the HR department at General Electric until they hired me. A very quick almost 34 years, 4 Daughters and 9 Grandkids later - here I am .... waiting as patiently as I can, to start the next chapter of our life - romping around in the Caribbean Sea checking out the various islands that we have not been to yet. Holy $hit what a ride~!!!! ;-)

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